SellaBand, the online music site which empowers artists to record a professional album funded by their fans, is pleased to announce that Electric Eel Shock has become its 23rd global act to raise the US$50,000 recording budget. EES became the first Japanese band to reach the target with 597 believers and in less than two months - in the first two weeks alone the band reached over 50 per cent of the target!
“Everyone at SellaBand is very pleased to see Electric Eel Shock reach the US$50,000 mark, in such a short space of time,” said Johan Vosmeijer, CEO, SellaBand. “The band has been welcomed by the SellaBand community. The results speak for themselves”.
Electric Eel Shock is one of the most established artists to sign up for SellaBand, having previously released three albums worldwide through labels large and small, such as; Roadrunner Records, P-Vine (Japan), Bitzcore (Germany), Gearhead (USA) and Spooky (Australia). The band has also toured in over 30 countries since 2002, performing an average of 150 gigs a year.
Electric Eel Shock has always embraced ‘the’ independent way of doing things and felt that working with SellaBand, was the right move for their music. “SellaBand offered us the opportunity to directly connect with our fans whilst also pushing our music to the next level,” said Aki Morimoto, guitarist and vocals, Electric Eel Shock. “We are really pleased to have raised the budget so quickly and are looking forward to playing at SellaBand’s second birthday festival – SellaBration ’08 - in Amsterdam on 15th August, at the world famous Paradiso”.
Electric Eel Shock have previous financed the band's development through their fans by setting up the Samurai Club in 2003: 100 fans paid £100 in return for guest-list for life. The £10,000 was used to finance the recording of previous release Beat Me which was licensed to several labels around the world.
Electric Eel Shock plan to record the album before the end of the year and look for a release early 2009. The band and their management are already talking to a number of labels regarding license deals in key territories.